Sher­iff: In­mates over­pow­ered, dis­armed slain guards

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AT­LANTA | A Ge­or­gia sher­iff said of­fi­cers were “des­per­ately” search­ing Tues­day for two in­mates who some­how got through a gate in­side a prison bus, killed two guards and got away.

“My big­gest worry is they’re go­ing to kill some­body else,” Put­nam County Sher­iff Howard Sills said.

The two men over­pow­ered and dis­armed the guards about 6:45 a.m. as 33 in­mates were be­ing driven be­tween prisons, Sher­iff Sills told re­porters. One of them fa­tally shot both guards, and then they jumped out of the bus and car­jacked a driver who hap­pened to pull up be­hind them on a ru­ral high­way, Sher­iff Sills said.

Mul­ti­ple agen­cies have con­trib­uted

to a re­ward of $60,000 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rests of the two in­mates, Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion spokes­woman Nelly Miles said.

The fugi­tives — Don­nie Rus­sell Rowe, serv­ing life with­out pa­role, and Ricky Du­bose, who has elab­o­rate tat­toos on his face and neck — car­jacked a “grass-green,” four-door 2004 Honda Civic with the Ge­or­gia li­cense plate num­ber RBJ-6601.

Later Tues­day, the man­hunt shifted about 25 miles to the north to the city of Madi­son, where two men fit­ting their de­scrip­tion were seen en­ter­ing a Fam­ily Dol­lar store less than a mile from a house that was bur­glar­ized. Sher­iff Sills said the men then van­ished again and au­thor­i­ties have no rea­son to be­lieve they have split up.

The slain guards were iden­ti­fied as Sgt. Christo­pher Mon­ica and Sgt. Cur­tis Bil­lue, both trans­fer sergeants at Bald­win State Prison. Mon­ica had been with the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions since Oc­to­ber 2009 and Bil­lue since July 2007.

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